Five attorneys for former President Donald Trump’s defense team stepped aside just over a week before his Senate trial was due to begin, according to people familiar with the case, amid a row over his legal strategy. According to “CNN,”
It was a dramatic development in Trump’s second impeachment trial, who struggled to find lawyers willing to take on his case. And now, with legal briefs filed next week and the trial set to begin in just days, Trump is clinging to his allegations of election fraud and suddenly finds himself without legal representation.
She added that Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who was expected to be two of the main attorneys, were no longer on the team. A source familiar with the changes said it was a joint decision by both of them to leave the legal team. As lead attorney, Bowers assembled the team.
According to another source familiar with the changes, Josh Howard, a North Carolina attorney who was recently added to the team, also left. Johnny Jacir and Greg Harris, also from South Carolina, aren’t in the case either.
A person familiar with the departures told CNN that Trump wanted lawyers to argue that there was mass fraud in the election and that the election was stolen from him rather than focusing on the legality of a president’s conviction after he left office. Trump was not receptive to discussions about how to proceed in this regard.
The attorneys had not yet paid any advance fees, and a letter of intent had not been signed.